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THE Pundole Art Gallery at Hutatma Chowk is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a month-long exhibition of oil paintings by Maqbul Fida Husain. The display marks MF's return to oils after years of working in acrylic.

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A VIDEO titled "Taking Care of Business" will be screened at the American Centre on May 13 at 3.30 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, Bombay Management Association, Indian Merchants Chamber and the Young Entrepreneurs Society.

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THE British Council launched a new British Asian lifestyle magazine, called Indobrit last week. Actually, it was the second issue of "Indobrit 2: The water issue". London-based publisher-editor Farah Damji, along with some of the members on the core editorial team, was present to introduce the magazine. Indobrit was launched in United Kingdom in early February 2003. With a wide appeal to a cross section of British Asian population, from ages 20 to 60, Indobrit encompasses a range of issues — politics, business, motoring, finance, travel, sport, fashion, culture, and entertainment. With a twist: Bollywood is covered by Dr. Rachel Dwyer, head of London University's SOAS. Food is covered by ex-Mumbaite, Sir G.K. Noon. As yoga, Ayurveda, Vaastushastra, Bollywood and Indian-inspired fashion become mainstream, it's suddenly okay to be Asian. Asian is the new cool in the U.K. and this has given a lot of the second and third generation encouragement to be proud of their rich culture and heritage. For further information, check out www.indobrit-mag.com or call Farah Damji 98204 61656.

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THE Asiatic Society of Mumbai has instituted six fellowships of one-year duration in Indology, Social Sciences, History of Maharashtra and on an area concerning Japan. Applications are invited from research scholars, Ph.D students working in these fields. The last date for submission of applications is May 14.

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ON May 13, Loquations members will hold forth on poems we all like in the NCPA's Sunken Garden. 5 -8 p.m. E-mail loquations2003@yahoo.co.uk

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LOTS of repeat shows this week starting tonight.

At the NCPA's Experimental Theatre, at 6.30 p.m. titled "Voices", intriguing and powerful monologues rendered by a group of collegians trained by Atul Kumar's Company Theatre.

In the suburbs, "Shatranj Ke Mohre", an IPTA play directed by Ramesh Talwar is on at the Prithvi, Juhu, 6 and 9 p.m.

On May 13, and 14, 9 p.m., "Suman Aur Sana", a play about communal disharmony at Prithvi directed by Nadira Zaheer Babbar.

On May 15, 9 p.m., "Has Sakubai ever cleaned your house?" at the Prithvi, May 16, 9 p.m. "Shabash Anarkali" an Ekjute production directed by Nadira Zaheer Babbar again at Prithvi.

On May 17, 7 p.m., "Raat" written by Javed Siddiqi at the NCPA Experimental Theatre while Prithvi hosts two performances of Nadeera Babbar's "Shabash Anarkali".

RONITA TORCATO

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